London-listed betting and gaming operator William Hill has appointed former Ladbrokes Coral executive Phil Walker as its new Online managing director for the UK & Ireland.

Walker’s appointment coincides with the company's acquisition of Mr Green & Co. (MRG), with MRG's Malta headquarters slated to serve as William Hill's international hub, while Gibraltar remains the base for the UK and Ireland business.

With the new structure expected to be implemented early next year, current Online MD Grant Williams has decided to leave the business to pursue other opportunities, with Walker stepping into his position from his current role as group chief operating officer of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange.

“Phil comes to William Hill with a strong track record in the industry and will have a clear focus on the UK and Ireland markets moving forward and will be key to achieving our ambitions for digital growth in the coming years,” said William Hill chief digital officer Ulrik Bengtsson. “We wish Grant well and thank him for his work in improving the online business over the last three years.”

Commenting on his new role, Walker said: “It is great to be back in the industry and with one of the most trusted brands in the sector. William Hill has ambitious growth plans as it transitions from its retail roots to become more international and more digital and I am pleased to be joining the team as it embarks on this journey.”

Shares in William Hill plc (LSE:WMH) closed down 2.78 per cent at 182.00 pence per share in London Thursday, setting a new 52-week low of 180.50 pence per share in the process.

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